Champions – Perseus

Alexandre Guilmet was attending a rather exclusive, high-security, prep school in lieu of actual parental attention. With little expense spared in the way of tutoring and slightly above-average intelligence he was doing pretty well; he was on the fast track for law and business and had enough magical talent to learn some intermediate-level personal magics. He kind of liked riding and fencing, and had some fairly typical adolescent action-hero fantasies.

Pegasus hadn’t been having much luck finding a suitable potential hero. Sure, there were plenty of healthy adolescent males around, but apparently hardly anyone was teaching young men how to ride, handle a sword, and protect themselves in combat any longer! How could their parents be so irresponsible? What would they DO when there was an attack? Simply let themselves be slaughtered or enslaved?

And there wasn’t a lot of time left before there WOULD be an attack. Pegasus… was getting just a little desperate. Still, Athena could stretch even a few hours into enough training time to make any lad with sufficient potential competent. Surely he could find someone in time. The Fates would not permit it to be otherwise!

They didn’t.

This youngster was athletic enough, had chosen the wooded path (and it’s privacy) to run on for gym, had potential enough for Athena to awaken – and, wonder of wonders, had some heroic dreams AND knew how to ride and use a sword! Good enough!

Alexandre was rather startled when a creature of myth appeared in the woods to offer him a chance to be a hero – but “beware of pegasi offering magical artifacts” had not appeared on any list of cautions that he’d ever heard.

Pegasus promptly took him into the Realm of the Amazons for training at Athena’s temple. There was very little time left!

Athena managed to squeeze about six months of training time into the remaining six hours before the Hydrasaur was due to rise out of Thunder Bay and attack. Aurora Ward found him about five hours/months in – and wound up taking him along, albeit with severe cautions about staying up and WAY out of the things reach while sniping. The kid would be nice and safe that way…

Aurora Wards attempt to talk to Colleen and Maurice Guilmet afterwards proved just as awkward; Colleen was off doing corporate wheeling-and-dealing and apparently no one had been able to reach her to tell her that her son was missing in the first place – while Maurice was busy with his restaurant, and hadn’t bothered to come back home.

OK, “Teenage boy cuts class for six hours” wasn’t exactly unheard-of and cell phones made him easy to notify when his son turned up – but most of Aurora Ward would have expected a little more concern rather than simple, casual, permission for the boy to intern with a superhero group.

 

“Perseus” / Alexandre Guilmet

Value Characteristic Points
9/15 STR -1
18/20 DEX 24
18/21 CON 16
9/12 BODY -2
9/15 INT -1
11/14 EGO 2
9/35 PRE -1
12/24 COM 1
4/7 PD 1
4/7 ED 0
4 SPD 12
7/10 REC 0
36/48 END 0
24/30 STUN -2
Total 49

 

Points Powers END
13 Sorcery Multipower (30-pt reserve); Concentrate: ½ DCV, -¼; Gestures: Instant Power, -¼; Incantation: Instant Power, -¼; Activation: 14-, -½; Note that – with the boosting function of the Sword of Perseus – any spell he happens to be using will often have it’s active point total doubled – which may or may not involve simply doubling the effect; it can also involve adding advantages such as “Continuous”, “Uncontrolled”, and “Zero Endurance Cost”.

Perseus’s magics aren’t entirely personal; he’s been given a small tap into Olympian Chaos Magic, and so his spells occasionally get a little… weird. As his active point totals go up, things can be expected to get even weirder.

u-1 Images (Normal Sight, 4″ radius); Range: 140; Observer PER Penalty: 2, +6; Reduced END: Half, +¼ 1
u-1 Telekinesis (STR 13); Range: 145; Manipulation: Fine, +10 3
u-1 4d6 Energy Blast: Sacred Light; Range: 150; Versus: ED; Reduced END: Zero, +½ 0
u-1 Demon Ward: Change Environment/Holy (Basic Spell) (4″ rad.); Effect: Fixed, +0; Reduced END: Zero & Persistent, +1 0
u-1 Combat Ward / Force Field (10 PD/5 ED); Reduced END: Zero & Persistent, +1 0
u-1 Eyes of the Mage
(6) Detect Magic (+2 to PER); Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Ranged, +5
(4) Enhanced Perception (Normal Sight, +5 to PER)
(2) Discriminatory Sense: Detect Magic (Detect); Concentrate: ½ DCV, -¼; Gestures: Instant Power, -¼; Incantation: Instant Power, -¼; Activation: 14-, -½
Commonly Studied Spells
u-1 Wave of Poseidon / Force Wall (4 PD/4 ED); Range: 150; Width: 6″, +0; Reduced END: Zero, +½ 0
u-1 2d6 Gaze of Ares / Ego Attack; Reduced END: Zero, +½ 0
u-1 Insight of Hera / Clairsentience (Hearing, Sight); See: Present, +0; Dimensions: Current, +0; Range: 150″ 3
u-1 Feet of Hermes
(4) Clinging (Clinging STR +0)
(9) Running (+6″, 13″, NC: 26″); Non-Combat Multiplier: ×2, +0; Non-Combat (MPH): 18; Reduced END: Half, +¼ 1
u-1 10″ Stride of Dionysus / Teleportation (Long Range 40″); Increased Range: ×4, +10; Long Range: 40″; Long Range (miles): 0.05; Mass Multiplier: ×1, +0; Fixed Locations: 0; Floating Locations: 0 2
u-1 1d6 Forge of Hephaestus / Transform Air to Metal Shapes (Major, Limited Class); Range: 150; Cumulative: +½; Reduced END: Half, +¼ 1
u-1 Sight of Athena / Detect Vulnerabilities and Limitations (+7 to PER); Addition (Discriminatory Sense): +5; Time Required: Instant, +2; Range: Ranged, +5
u-1 2d6 Word of Zeus / Energy Blast; Range: 150; Versus: ED; Damage Shield: +½; Autofire: 5 shots, ½; No Normal Defense (Force Shield, Being a Golem or other animated object): +1 3
u-1 2d6 Lore of Apollo / Aid Skills (Fade/day, Max. 12); Range: 0; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Reduced END: Zero, +½ 0
u-1 1d6 Grasp of Hades / Drain Endurance (Return/turn); Range: 0; Autofire: 5 shots, ½; Damage Shield: +½; Reduced END: Half, +½; Affects: Single Power, +0 1
u-1 1d6 Curse of Artemis / Transform to Animal (Major, Limited Class); Range: 150; Cumulative: +½; Reduced END: Half, +¼ 1
u-1 1d6 Gift of Demeter / Transform Earth to Supplies (Major, Limited Class); Range: 150; Cumulative: +½; Reduced END: Half, +¼ 1
2 5″ Cloak of Levitation / Gliding (NC: 10″); Non-Combat Multiplier: ×2, +0; Non-Combat (MPH): 15; OAF: -1

When riding Pegasus, it is best to have something available in case you wind up falling off.

5 2d6 Aid: Add Sorcery Multipower Slots (Fade/day, Max. 12); Range: 0; Extra Time: 1 hour, -2½; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; OAF (Smartphone / Digital spellbooks): -1; Increased END: ×3, -1

This can provide twelve points worth of additional mulitpower slots – whatever spells he’s currently been studying.

6
3 High-Quality Smartphone (0kg)
6 +6 CP to All Attributes Blessing; Modifications to Primary Attributes do not affect secondary attributes. Aid to Defenses has half effect per standard rules.
(6) 1d6 Aid (All attributes) (Fade/turn, Max. 6); Range: 0; Affects: All Powers of Special Effect, +2; Reduced END: Zero & Persistent, +1; Always On: -½; Personal Only: -1; Increases maximums only, does not speed healing: -1; Aid to Defenses is halved per the standard rules. Aid to primary attributes does not affect secondary ones. 0
6 2d6 60-Point Available Equipment Allowance Aid (Fade/week, Max. 60); Range: 0; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Extra Time: 1 hour, -2½; Only activates in armories, labs, or between outings: -1½; Personal Only: -1; Difficult to Dispel: ×2, +¼; Increased END: ×10, -4; Only to GM-specified items: -2; Actual point total of equipment available limited by GM decision.: -2; Must actually locate gear, availability is not automatic.: -2

This allows a character to haul along 60 CP worth of customized gear.

30
41 Total Powers  

 

Points Skills, Talents, Perks Roll
10 +2 level w/Swords
0 Follower (1, 120 pts, -120 Disad.); Number: 1, +0
5 Luck (10d6); Generic Limitation (Only to acquire independent artifacts): -2; Generic Limitation (Backlash: Whenever he “luckily” acquires an item it comes iwth assorted complications.): -2; Activation: 11-, -1; Extra Time: 1 day, -3½
4 Knowledge: Business 13-
3 Acrobatics 13-
3 Riding 13-
3 Stealth 13-
2 Knowledge: Law 11-
0 French (Native Accent); Literacy: Standard, 0
0 English (Native Accent); Literacy: Standard, 0
30 Total Skills, Talents, Perks  

 

Cost Equipment
4 Elemental Control: Helm of Perseus (15-pt reserve); OIF (Helm): -½; Independent: -2; Visible (Extremely magically conspicuous): -¼
a-4 Invisibility (Hearing, Sight) 3
b-4 Life Support (total)
c-4 Mental Defense (33 pts)
d-4 Armor (10 PD/10 ED)
e-4 +20 PRE
13 Sword of Perseus Multipower (60-pt reserve)
; Independent (-2), OAF (-1), Incantation (-.25), Visible (magically obvious even when inactive, –.25)The Sword is a powerful artifact of Imaginal and Chaos magic – but it’s quite vulnerable to being taken away. A certain amount of caution is in order.
Physical Attacks
u-1 3d6 Killing Attack (HTH): (Strike) (Total 4d6) 2; Range: 0; Reduced END: Half, +¼
u-1 1½d6 Killing Attack (HTH): (Sweep) (Total 2d6) 3; Range: 0; Area Effect (Radius): 6″ radius, +1; Increased Area: ×2, +¼; Reduced END: Half, +¼
u-1 Hand-to-Hand Attack (Flat) (16d6, Total 19d6) 2; Range: 0; Reduced END: Half, +¼
u-1 +50 STR (Hammerblow) 2; Doesn’t Affect Figured: -½; Generic Limitation (Only for smacking things, driving them back, and breaking free from entangles, grabs, and so on. ): -½; Reduced END: Half, +¼
Magical Attacks
u-1 4d6 Killing Attack (RKA): (Lightning) 6; Range: 300
u-1 10d6 Energy Blast: (Sonic Thunderclap) 2; Range: 310; Versus: ED; Reduced END: Half, +¼
u-1 5d6 Energy Blast (Magic Disruption) 0; Range: 310; Versus: ED; No Normal Defense (Versus not being a creature of magic): +1; Reduced END: Zero, +½
u-1 5d6 Entangle (Chains of Tartarus) (DEF 5) 2; Range: 310; Reduced END: Half, +¼
Utilities and Defenses
u-1 Force Field (Ward of Heaven) (20 PD/15 ED) 0; Hardened: ×1, ¼; Trigger (Incoming Attack with Desired Use): Set, +¼; Charges: 32, +¼; Active Points: 61

In essence, the sword can automatically parry major attacks, greatly reducing their effects – but, thanks to the high drain on it’s magic making it “automatic” requires, only a limited number of times per day.

u-1 3d6 Aid: All currently damaged attributes (Spark of Life) (Fade/turn, Max. 18) 4; Range: 0; Affects: All Powers of Special Effect, +2; Restore Only Lost Characteristics and Powers: -½
u-1 3d6 Aid: Any one magical power (Divine Might) (Fade/turn, Max. 30) 0; Range: 0; Active Points: 58; Affects: Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Autofire: 5 shots, ½; Reduced END: Zero, +1
u-1 13d6 Dispel Magic (Magic Drain) 2; Range: 290; Affects: Any Single Power of Special Effect, +¼; Reduced END: Half, +¼
1 Running (+1″, 13″, NC: 26″) 1; Non-Combat Multiplier: ×2, +0; Non-Combat (MPH): 3; OIF (Running Shoes): -½
2 Ring of Calling / Mind Link ; Minds: One Specific Mind, +5; Number of Minds: 1, +0; Distance: Single Planet, +0; Dimension: Any, +5; Link with: Anyone, +0; OAF (Lapel Pin): -1; Extra Time: 1 turn, -1; Generic Limitation (Pegasus Only): -1
2 Rune of Changing / Instant Change ; Clothes: One Set, 5; Charges: 3, -¾; Recoverable Charges (Must recharge for half an hour between changes): -2 lev; Focus (Wristband): Inobvious Accessible, -½
Perseus will usually have a few more minor items chosen to suit his current mission (if any) – but rarely anything very major.
54 Total Equipment

 

75+ Disadvantages
20 Normal Characteristic Maxima
15 Underage (Frequently, Greatly)
10 Watched: Police (11-); Capabilities: As Powerful, 10; Non-combat Influence: Extensive, +5; Geographical Area: Unlimited, -0; Only Watching: ×½; Punishment: Harsh, 0
20 Code Against Killing (Common, Total)
20 Honorable (Common, Total)
10 Overconfidence (Common, Moderate)
10 Watched: Greek Gods (11-); Capabilities: More Powerful, 15; Non-combat Influence: None, +0; Geographical Area: Unlimited, -0; Only Watching: ×½; Punishment: Harsh, 0
15 Secret Identity / Alexandre Guilmet
10 3d6 Unluck; Generic Limitation (Only to see if the Greek Gods have a mission for him or wish to interfere): -½
130 Total Disadvantages

 

COSTS: Char. Powers Total Total Disadv. Base
49 + 71 = 120 205 = 130 + 75

 

OCV DCV ECV Mental Def. PD/rPD ED/rED Phases
7 7 5 33 17/10 17/10 3, 6, 9, 12

Height: 156cm (5’1″), Weight: 44kg (97 lbs), Sex: Male, Age: 14, Race: Human

Appearance: “Perseus” is slightly lighter and shorter than average and has light brown hair, blue-green eyes, and a tan. Overall, he just isn’t all that remarkable – and so his “heroic” image tends to be strongly shaped by his Grecian helm, short sword, and cloak. It may look a little odd with blue jeans, a rock band T-shirt, and running shoes, but what can you do with kids these days?

Perseus is surprisingly powerful for his age, but much of his power depends on his sword and helm – both of which can be more or less readily taken away. Without them… he’s still a well-trained kid, but he’s JUST a very well-trained kid with a knack for magic.

 

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